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BEMIDJI -- Two people are in custody after an armed home invasion in December. One man was allegedly shot at during the incident, but the bullet hit the wall behind him.

Brett James King, 21, and Paige Murray King, 18, of Bemidji are facing felony charges for their roles in a planned burglary on Dec. 29. According to court documents, Brett King indicated via text message he attempted to "take another dealer out of business but it did not go down as planned."

At approximately 12:12 a.m. on Dec. 29 Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a home invasion call on the 200 block of Dewey Ave. SW. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies noticed a strong odor of marijuana, court documents said.

One resident told law enforcement he was awoken by three people who were dressed in black and wearing masks. A text message retrieved from Paige King's cell phone indicated she was "about to head to B town and discussed a need for ski masks," according to the criminal complaint. In a Facebook conversation, Paige King indicated her brother was looking for a gun.

The resident informed law enforcement the three individuals, later identified as Brett King, Paige King and another woman, were armed with a .22 caliber rifle, a machete and a baseball bat. According to court documents, the male party with the gun gave orders and asked for money. During the invasion, items were turned over and beer was stolen from the refrigerator, court documents said.

A deputy observed a bullet hole through a wall and outside the residence. Three other men were at the residence during the incident. One said he was walking upstairs when he observed a man with a gun who discharged the rifle at him, but the bullet went over his head into a closet behind him.

Witnesses at the scene said the suspects left in a gray or silver minivan, one witness believed Brett King was one of the suspects, according to court documents. The witness said Brett King had been "acting weird" at the residence earlier in the day and was told to leave.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was contacted to assist in looking for the suspect vehicle, which was located nine miles east of Cass Lake by tracking a cell phone number believed to belong to Brett King. A BCA agent followed the van on Cass County Road 10 approaching U.S. Highway 2 east of Cass Lake. Brett King was arrested on Morningstar Lane and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. Paige King was a passenger in the van.

A search warrant executed on the van revealed a .22 caliber Marlin rifle, .22 caliber ammunition, a machete, a Louisville Slugger, black bandana and cell phone believed to belong to Paige King.

A search warrant was executed on Brett King's cell phone. According to court documents, King's text messages indicated he "shot at a couple of people."

Brett King is charged with one count of felony first-degree burglary in possession of a dangerous weapon and two felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon charges. A first-degree burglary charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine. Each assault charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine with a mandatory minimum of three years.

Paige King faces a felony first-degree aid and abet burglary charge in possession of a dangerous weapon. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.

Paige King's next court appearance is scheduled for Monday. She is being held in the Beltrami County Jail on $50,000 conditional bail. Brett King is being held on a $100,000 conditional bail with a future court date on Jan. 20.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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